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Diversity and Inclusion

Diverse pediatrics residents

At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we believe that diversity and inclusion are key drivers of institutional excellence that can accelerate our ability to innovate and solve complex problems. The department is committed to developing and implementing strategies to foster a culture of inclusion in which highly qualified students, faculty and staff from diverse talent pools experience a genuine sense of belonging, engagement and achievement.  

As a department in an academic medical center, it is our responsibility to train and mentor future clinicians and scientists who reflect, understand and appreciate diversity. We live in an increasingly diversifying nation where disparities can limit healthcare access and lead to disproportionately poor outcomes. Addressing health disparities, improving community health, and leading efforts to eliminate health inequalities are essential to the department's mission. At the Duke Department of Pediatrics, we continue to strive to attract, retain a diverse team of outstanding talent who positively impact how we teach, learn and serve in an increasingly diverse world.


Our Mission

The Duke Department of Pediatrics is committed to achieving equity in health outcomes for all children through outstanding clinical care, advances in research, and excellence in education. We strive to maximize our collective intellectual capital and assure a sense of community for all by prioritizing the recruitment, retention and promotion of faculty, staff and trainees from underrepresented populations. We emphasize strategies that promote a culture of diversity and inclusion across multiple groups, including race/ethnicity, religion, ability, life experiences, sexual orientation, and gender.


Diversity Leadership Team

     
     

Deanna Adkins, MD

Samia Aleem, MD

Katherine Bartlett, MD

     

Margarita Bidegain, MD
Co-chair

Camille Grant, MAT, MHA

Joseph Jackson, MD

     

Thomas Kinney, MD

Susan Kline, MS

William Malcolm, MD

     

Kathleen McGann, MD

Shaunte McKay, MD

Amy Moon, MD

     

Ganga Moorthy, MD

Victoria Parente, MD

Ann Reed, MD

     

Betty Staples, MD

Amelia Thompson, MD, MPH

Purnima Valdez, MD

     

Lashawndra Walker, MD

Delbert Wigfall, MD
Co-chair

 

 


Resources

  • Duke Office of Institutional Equity: Duke is a diverse community committed to the principles of excellence, fairness, and respect for all people. As part of this commitment, we actively value diversity in our workplace and learning environments as we seek to take advantage of the rich backgrounds and abilities of everyone. The Office for Institutional Equity helps advance Duke’s culture of diversity, inclusion, equality, and belonging through educational opportunities and resources.

  • Duke University's Diversity Toolkit, the university's one-stop resource for diversity education that provides dozens of resources to develop strategies and plans to improve inclusion and engagement on campus.

  • DukeMed Pride: DukeMed Pride is a student-led group consisting of LGBTQ and allied students within the Duke University School of Medicine. DukeMed Pride works to address the healthcare issues of sexual and gender diverse peoples with a cohesive and holistic approach. 
  • Center for Muslim Life:  Muslim Life at Duke is committed to enriching the lives of Muslim students and the whole campus through events and activities that cater to the spiritual, social and intellectual needs of Duke students.

  • Blue Devils United:  Blue Devils United is the student group for LGBTQ undergraduate students, allies, and friends. Blue Devils United seeks to provide social opportunities for LGBTQ students and their allies, outreach to students at Duke and in the community, and to advocate for the needs of LGBTQ individuals both at Duke and beyond.

  • Center for Sexual & Gender Diversity: This office strives to achieve an inclusive campus climate for students, staff, faculty, and alumni with marginalized sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender expressions through education, advocacy, support, mentoring, academic engagement, and providing space.

  • Freeman Center for Jewish Life: The Freeman Center has been the hub of all things Jewish on campus since its opening in 1999. Students study, hold meetings, and hang out in classrooms, the Sassower library, Tabak Family Commons area, or in the Paresky lounge, which includes an e-print station and many games. Shabbat and Holiday services are held upstairs in the Levenson-Lerner Sanctuary, which also doubles as an event space.

  • Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture: The Mary Lou Williams Center for Black Culture is critically concerned with issues of race and the impact of social difference at the individual, interpersonal and institutional levels. Through lectures, performances, exhibits, and informal gatherings, the Mary Lou Williams Center strives to foster an appreciation for and increase knowledge of the peoples, histories, and cultures of the African diaspora and its many contributions to the world.

Professional Development

Clinical

  • Explore current Duke Health careers and discover where your talents fit with the expanding team of professionals in the Private Diagnostic Clinic (PDC), the Duke physicians’ practice. PDC is currently hiring academic and community-based clinicians in a variety of specialties and clinical settings across the region.
  • Duke physicians and investigators, as well as trainees and staff, participate in many community events and services throughout Durham and the Triangle. 

Research

  • Duke’s CTSA-sponsored Career Development Award (KL2) provides a 3-year mentored career development award to junior faculty pursuing research across the spectrum of translational science (from laboratory based to health services), with a particular focus on applicants from underrepresented backgrounds. Fellows transitioning to faculty are eligible to apply. The CTSA sponsors a similar program for medical students (TL1). 
  • All NIH research grants are eligible for supplemental funds to support mentored research of individuals from underrepresented groups. Diversity supplement applicants can be high school students, undergrads, medical students, residents, fellows, and faculty.
  • The Duke Center for Research to Advance Healthcare Equity (REACH Equity) is one of 12 centers of excellence funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities to improve minority health and reduce health disparities. REACH Equity conducts multidisciplinary research, provides research training, supports career development, fosters community engagement activities, and creates an umbrella of collaboration and fellowship for Duke’s disparities investigators. 

Education

  • The CTSA sponsors a health disparities research curriculum, currently open to KL2 scholars and other early-stage faculty. 
  • The School of Medicine Multicultural Resource Center coordinates programs to help medical students, house staff, and faculty work and learn together in an increasingly diverse environment. 
  • The Visiting Clinical Scholars Program welcomes underrepresented medical students from other schools for an elective rotation at Duke. This experience helps students see first-hand if Duke is a good fit for their house staff training.

 


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Black Men in White Coats

The School of Medicine and DiverseMedicine Inc. have partnered to produce videos featuring black physicians, Dr. Kevin Thomas, Dr. Kwadwo Adu Owusu-Akyaw, and most recently, Physician-Scientist Kafui Dzirasa as part of a video series designed to inspire more underrepresented minority students to consider the field of medicine. 

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  • Statement from University Leaders Regarding HB2: A statement regarding HB2 was issued Monday, April 18, 2016 by Duke's president, provost and chancellor for health affairs.
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  • Message From the Chair Regarding New Immigration Policies: A statement regarding the new immigration policies was issued Monday, January 30, 2017 by Ann M. Reed, MD, William Cleland Professor of Pediatrics, chair of the Department of Pediatrics, and physician-in-chief of Duke Children's.

  • Faces of Diversity at Duke: Article that takes a look at how staff and faculty move Duke’s commitment to inclusion forward, published on Duke Today, February 6, 2017.

  • Programs Combat Bias, Boost STEM Success for Targeted Students: Several research universities are leveraging targeted programs and data analysis to improve the representation and achievement levels of minority, low-income and first-generation college students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, according to three researchers who presented results at the 2017 AAAS Annual Meeting in Boston, published on February 22, 2017.

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